The National Council of State presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan was yesterday told that cease fire agreement with terrorist sect, Boko Haram, was yet to be concluded.
This is even as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said despite the attack on his home town in Adamawa State he is not helpless.
The insurgents had increased their attacks in Adamawa leading to the capture of Mubi, Mararaba Mubi and Uba.
Badeh asked, “How can Nigeria be helpless? If CDS loses his hometown, it is the same thing as losing Lagos. Any part of Nigeria that is lost, the CDS carries the weight. It is immaterial whether it is my hometown, whether it is my house that is burnt or it is Emeka’s house that is burnt. Whoever’s house is burnt in Nigeria, the CDS is pained”.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State who briefed State House correspondents alongside his counterparts from Edo, Adams Oshiomhole and Idris Wada of Kogi, said the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), told Council that contrary to reports, the cease fire agreement had not been concluded but that government was doing all within its power to free the abducted Chibok schoolgirls:
“We commended the President and security agencies for job done so far and urged them to add more valve to ensure that life and property are protected so that Nigerians would not become refuge in their own land.
“The NSA was of the opinion that high level contact with the Republic of Chad was made and that some persons who acted on behalf of the Boko Haram and who claimed to have authority also had discussions with them. There are some Nigerian officials with them and of course, no agreement has been reached yet, it is just that the press probably misunderstood what was reported, the discussions are on-going.”
Akpabio said the Council which had in attendance, former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, was well briefed on Ebola by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health:
“Council sympathised with the families of the victims of the Ebola disease but thanked all the health officials and personnel involved in the entire saga.
Akpabio said the second issue discussed was that of discrimination. According to him, “there was a committee set up headed by Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and he presented the report and the council condemned all acts of discrimination across board whether it was gender discrimination, tribal discrimination or whether it was discrimination on account of height, weight or state of origin or religion. It was totally condemned.”
Also at the meeting were the Senate President, David Mark, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, Mohammadu Uwais, National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
The governors at the meeting when it commenced were those of Abia, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Niger, Cross Rivers, Kogi, and Ebonyi states. Katsina Deputy Governor also attended the meeting.